Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra Young Artist
Steven Jay Blutza, Pres.
Valerie Simosko, SVSO Office Mgr.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd. (847) 679-9501 x 3014
Skokie, IL 60077 twitter.com/SkokieSymphony
Annual. Purpose: To help ensure the future of classical
music by providing the opportunity for young musicians to
receive funding & to perform as soloist with a high level
orchestra as part of a season series. Eligibility: Young
Artists Competitionnon-professional young artists, ages
16 to 22 as of Jan. 1, 2019; piano, guitar & all orchestral
instruments invited; previous winners are not eligible.
Harvey E. Mittenthal Scholarship & Chairnon-professional
orchestral stringed instrument players, ages 15 to 22 as
of Jan. 1, 2019; previous winners & ensembles are not
eligible. All performers must provide own accompanist.
Prizes: Young Artists Competition(1st) to receive $1200,
(2nd) to receive $800, for solo performance with the Skokie
Valley Symph. in 2019-20 season. Competition: May 2019.
Entrance Fee: $50 for one or both competitions.
Solti Foundation uS Awards
1555 Sherman Ave., Suite 310 (847) 448-8329
Evanston, IL 60201
Purpose: To assist talented young American conductors
early in their professional careers. Eligibility: Career-ready
artist in the field of conducting; developing a career as a
symphonic/operatic conductor; citizen or permanent resident of the US; no more than 38 years old on Jan. 15 of
each application year. Prizes: $25,000 (The Solti Conducting Fellow: The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award). Career
Assistance Award (number and amount varies). Deadline:
Jan. 15, 2019. Competition: May 2019.
the Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization Inc.
25 W. 45 St., Suite 504 (212) 730-3552
New York, NY 10036
Annual opportunites for women in music. Eligibility: No age
limit but all competitions that we support, have their own
eligibility. Prizes: Varies according to individual competition.
Competition: May 2019.
Claudette Sorel Piano Competition (Supported by the
Sorel Organization Inc.)
School of Mus. Office
Mason Hall, SUNY at Fredonia (716) 673-3151
Fredonia, NY 14063
Annual. Purpose: Open to young artists who are passionate
about piano performance and repertoire. If selected
as a finalist for the competition, participants are asked
to prepare a program from memory of no longer than
15 minutes that demonstrates an artistic vision, such
as works of a specific composer, known or unknown, a
thematic connection between works, an original way
of presenting the music, etc.Each finalist will play a 15
minute recital in the acclaimed Juliet J. Rosch Recital
Hall. This performance will be open to the public, and
will be live-streamed. Winners will be announced after a
short meeting of the judges, and a reception will follow.
Eligibility: Pianists 15-18 years old, any country. Prizes:
(1st) $2500 cash; an additional $1250 in cash prizes will
be awarded, & all finalists will receive a recording of the
competition performance and written comments from the
judges. Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018 Sept. 20. Competition:
2019 TBD; 2018 Nov. 3. Entrance Fee: $30.
Anna Sosenko Assist trust
Jonathan C. Herzog, Rebecca Silver, Amy R. Sperling,
59 John St., Suite 9B (212) 732-3030 x 102
New York, NY 10038-3749
Ongoing throughout the year as determined by the
Trustees as to when they meet. Purpose: To aid and
enhance career development of worthy and talented
individuals in the performance areas of theatre, opera, and
concert. Eligibility: The grant must be applied for and go
directly to the artists themselves. Each artist must submit
a Statement of Intent to the Trust (as described on the
website). Those which are approved and meet the Trust’s
initial criteria shall be invited to apply and will be sent a
detailed Trust Application. Prizes: Small grants of up to
$2000. Deadline: None, although grants are only awarded
at such times that the Trustees meet during any given
year. Competition: The Trustees meet three to four times
annually. Entrance Fee: None.
the Sphinx Competition for Young Black & Latinx
Aaron P. Dworkin, Founder
Afa Dworkin, Pres. & Art. Dir.
Dana McGarr, Dir. of Artist Engagement
400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2550 (313) 877-9100 x 718
Detroit, MI 48243
Annual. Purpose: Primary goals are to encourage, develop
& recognize classical music talent in the Black & Latinx
communities. Eligibility: Instrumental categories are violin,
viola, cello, & double bass. Junior Division participants
must not have reached their 18th birthday by Feb. 2, 2019.
Senior Division participants must be at least 18 but not
have reached their 31stbirthday by Feb. 4, 2019. Limited
to current US residents or with valid visa &/or citizens who
are Black or Latinx. Participants must not have been a
first-place winner in their division in any previous Sphinx
Competition. Prizes: Senior Division, (1st) $50,000, solo
appearances with major orchestras, Berg Bows gold
bow; (2nd) $20,000; (3rd) $10,000. Junior Division, (1st)
$10,000, solo appearances with major orchestras, nationally broadcast radio appearance on From the Top; (2nd)
$5000; (3rd) $3000. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners
in each division will perform with the Sphinx Symphony
Orchestra. Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018 Nov. 5 Competition:
2019 TBD; 2018 Jan.-Feb.. Entrance Fee: $35.
Stulberg International String Competition
Margaret J. Hamilton, Exec. Dir.
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 14 (269) 343-2776
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4848 twitter.com/StulbergComp
Annual. Purpose: To promote excellence in string instrument
performance by gifted young artists under the age of
20. Eligibility: Open to students of violin, viola, cello or
double bass, 19 years old or younger on Jan. 1 of year
of competition. Prizes: (Gold/1st) $6000 & performance
award with Kalamazoo Symph. Orch. or Grand Rapids
Symph.; (Silver/2nd) $5000 & performance award with
Western Michigan Univ. Symph. Orch.; (Bronze/3rd)
$4000 & performance award with Kalamazoo Junior
Symph. Orch.; Bach Award, $500. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019.
Competition: May 18, 2019. Entrance Fee: $125.
William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Inc.
Maria Schlafly, Exec. Dir.
430 Way Ave., St. Louis, MO 63122 (646) 883-2742
Annual. For voice. Purpose: To advance the careers of
gifted young singers who have completed all schooling &
have started their professional careers; no support for the
general fields of music education & vocal training. Eligibility:
Applicants must have future professional engagements
with full orchestra (not covers) before they can apply or
be considered for auditions. Prizes: Several awards of at
least $10,000; winners are then eligible for five years of
further Role Preparation Grants for varying amounts for
the study of new roles (also with full orchestra). Deadline:
Sept. 17, 2018 (receipt of completed application forms by
the Foundation). Application forms & rules are online at
www.sullivanfoundation.org Competition: Fall 2019, New
York City. Entrance Fee: None.
James toland Vocal Arts Competition
466 Crescent St. #406, Oakland, CA 94610
Annual. Purpose: JTVA is an Oakland, California based
nonprofit established to encourage and cultivate, through
competition and education, the emerging talents of singers
who aspire to a professional career in vocal performance.
Eligibility: Tier I, singers ready to embark on a professional
career; Tier II, those studying singing at or near the college level. Prizes: Tier I, (1st) $20,000 & Oakland Symph.
performance; (2nd) $12,000; (3rd) $8000. Tier II, (1st)
$8000; (2nd) $600; (3rd) $5000.Eight Encouragement
Awards of $4000 each, Tier I Audience Favorite Award
$4000, Tier II Audience Favorite Award $2000. Deadline:
Dec. 21, 2018 (Early Bird); Feb. 15, 2019 (Final).
Competition: June 15, 2019. Entrance Fee: $40 (Early Bird, one
tier); $80 (Early Bird, two tiers). $50 (Final, one tier); $100
(Final, two tiers).
Richard tucker Music Foundation Awards & Grants
1790 Broadway, Suite 715 (212) 757-2218
New York, NY 10019 twitter.com/rtuckermusicfdn
Richard Tucker Award is awarded to an American singer
who has reached a high level of artistic accomplishment &
is on the threshold of a major international career. Career
Grant singers should have begun professional careers &
have performed roles with national or international opera
companies. Study Grant singers should be recently out
of the university or conservatory & be at the beginning
of promising careers. Prizes: Richard Tucker Award
($50,000); Richard Tucker Career Grants; Sara Tucker
Study Grants. Competition: June 15, 2019.
Rosalyn tureck International Bach Competition
PO Box 230851, New York, NY 10023 (212) 873-6087
Bi-annual. Purpose: To provide an opportunity for promising
pianists to perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach &
contemporary works, & be judged by a panel of prominent
pedagogues & performers from around the world.
Eligibility: Pianists, ages 8-28. Prizes: From $350 to $5000 (eight
categories), prizes for contemporary work, best contestant
from The Juilliard School, and Grand Prize Winner.
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2018. Competition: Dec. 2019 (New York
City). Entrance Fee: $180 (one category).
uSA International Ballet Competition (XI)
Mona Nicholas, Exec. Dir.
Elizabeth VanDeburgh, Art.
PO Box 3696 (601) 355-9853
Jackson, MS 39207-3696 twitter.com/USAIBC
of dance excellence before an international jury of the
world’s leading dance experts. Eligibility: Junior dancers
14-18 years old; Senior dancers 19-28 years old. Prizes:
$150,000 in cash prizes, gold, silver & bronze medals,
scholarships, & several company contracts. Deadline: Feb.
2022 Competition: June 2022. Entrance Fee: $100.
uSA International Harp Competition Inc.
Erin Brooker-Miller, Exec. Dir.
Dr. F. David Rollo, Pres., Bd. Dirs.
Susann McDonald, Art. Dir.
Melanie Mashner, Prog. Coordinator
PO Box 5008 (812) 856-5715
Bloomington, IN 47407-5008
Triennial. Purpose: To elevate exceptional harpists to
extraordinary heights through performance, new music,
& education. Eligibility: Between 18 & 32. Prizes: Lyon &
Healy concert grand harp, concert engagements, cash
prizes through 8th place, & other prizes to be announced.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019. Competition: July 3-13, 2019.
Entrance Fee: $250.
uSA Songwriting Competition
2881 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 414
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 twitter.com/usasong
pop, rock/alternative, country, R&B, gospel/inspirational,
folk, Latin, instrumental, jazz, hip-hop/rap, children, world,
dance/electronica, novelty/comedy, lyrics only. Prizes:
(Overall Grand) $50,000 worth of cash, merchandise
& services; (Overall 2nd) $9000 worth of merchandise;
(Overall 3rd) $6500 worth of merchandise; 1st Prize winners in each of the 15 categories will each receive $2200
worth of merchandise; 20 Honorable Mention winners will
each receive $350 worth of merchandise. Deadline: May
31, 2019. Competition: Jan. 2, 2019. Entrance Fee: $35
underwood New Music Readings & Commission
(American Composers Orchestra: ACO)
494 8th Avenue, Suite 503 (212) 977-8495 x 202
New York, N Y 10001
Eligibility: US citizen or non-citizen lawfully & permanently
residing, or studying full-time, in the US; no age
restrictions; however, applicants should be at the early
stages of their professional careers; only works completed
since 2014 that have not been performed or read by a
professional orchestra, nor received a public performance
in the NYC metro area are eligible; compositions must
be less than 15 minutes; works requiring soloists will not
be considered. Prizes: One composer will be awarded a
$15,000 commission to write a new work to be premiered
by ACO in a future season at Carnegie Hall. Competition:
Jan. 2, 2019. Entrance Fee: None.
univ. of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music
Univ. of Louisville, School of Mus., Grawemeyer Mus. Award
Committee (502) 852-1787, 634-0939
Louisville, KY 40292
Annual. Purpose: To recognize outstanding achievement by
a living composer in a large musical genrechoral, orchestral, chamber, electronic, song-cycle, dance, opera, musical theater, extended solo work, etc. Eligibility: Each entry
must be nominated by a professional musical organization
or individual (performer or performing group, conductor,
critic, publisher, or head of a professional music school
or department); a composer may not submit his/her own
work; no more than one work of any composer may be
submitted. Prizes: $100,000. Deadline: mid-Jan. 2019
Competition: Jan. 2, 2019.
VSA International Young Soloists
2700 F. St. NW, Washington, DC 20566 (202) 416-8822
Annual. For voice, all instruments, all genres. Eligibility:
Musicians with disabilities ages 14-25. Prizes: $2000 &
the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts in Washington. Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018
Feb. Competition: May 2019.
the Violin Society of America International Competition
14070 Proton Rd., Suite 100 (972) 233-9107 x 224
Dallas, TX 75244
Annual. Purpose: To promote the art & science of making,
repairing & preserving stringed musical instruments &
their bows. The juried Competition highlights the outstanding quality instruments & bows & also includes informative
sessions with makers & experts. Eligibility: Makers of violins, violas, cellos, basses & their bows; from all countries.
Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 Nov. 4-9.